Among us, we have seen Brooklyn’s Widowspeak at least seven times in the past couple of years, including hosting them at last year’s NYCTaper CMJ Day Show. What we have seen each time is a band that keeps getting better and, most crucially, continuing to write great new songs. True to form, half of the songs played during this opening set for Woods at Music Hall of Williamsburg were new (relative to their LP), and they stood up well alongside some of the best numbers from their 2011 self-titled LP like “In the Pines”. Of the newer material, four of these songs will appear on the band’s second Captured Tracks LP, Almanac, which comes out on January 22. I continue to be amazed at the depth added to the band’s sound by the addition of Pamela Garabano-Coolbaugh on bass, as it gives lead guitarist Robert Thomas and singer/guitarist Molly Hamilton more room to focus on their own guitar work. Sonically, Widowspeak is a moody, downbeat band, but they are clearly enjoying the ride; even if they don’t sound like it, they look like they’re having a lot of fun up there. With the band’s next NYC show scheduled for their record release date of January 22 at Mercury Lounge, we have plenty to look forward to from Widowspeak in 2013.
nyctaper and I recorded this set with my Schoeps MK41 microphones and an excellent soundboard feed by the house engineer, Ian, at MHOW. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Schoeps MK41 (DIN, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Ian)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity 3.0 (mix down, set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, light EQ)>FLAC ( level 8 )
02 Devil Knows
03 Gun Shy
04 7 Minutes
05 Harsh Realm
06 Ghost Boy
07 Sore Eyes
08 Spirit is Willing
09 In the Pines